After cataract surgery, one can expect what is one of the easiest recovery times of any surgery that someone can have performed. As surgeries go, cataract eye surgery is one of the most common ones in the world. The majority of the people in the world will get some form of cataracts once they reach the age of 60. With the baby boomers quickly approaching that age, this surgery will become even more popular in the coming years. As a result, the procedure has become rote for nearly all optical surgeons and so patients rarely experience complications or a great deal of pain.
Surgery for cataract is usually performed as a phacoemulsification. If this is the surgery for cataract one receives, then one is in line for a very quick recovery time in most cases. The incision for this type of surgery is right behind the iris and is microscopic. As a result, the recovery time is very quick. The procedure is generally outpatient and so the patient should come prepared with a family member or friend to drive them home. Also, the procedure will usually only take 30 minutes or so, which is convenient as this will allow the patient to leave the hospital fairly quickly. If the patient receives extracapsular or intracapsular cataract eye surgery, then the recovery time will be a little longer. Usually, those varieties of surgery also require the patient to wear an eye patch after the procedure for a day or so as the eye will be sensitive.
Within the first few days and subsequently over the course of the next few weeks, the patient will need to visit their doctor to make sure that their vision is coming back steadily. If the patient experiences any sort of extensive pain or vision deficiency that lasts beyond the first few days, then that patient should immediately contact their doctor. Staying on top of one’s doctors visits is imperative after this surgery as, in the rare case that one experiences complications, surgical issues can effect one’s vision permanently. If one experiences a cataract after surgery, this could be a rare complication coming with a cloudiness coming into the intraocular lens that is used to replace the faulty original lens. This cataract after surgery can be easily remedied in the eye doctor’s office with a laser targeting the problem area though.
When recovering from surgery, one should follow all of the restrictions necessary including avoiding heavy lifting, bending over or stooping down as these can be difficult on an eye that is recovering from the incision from the surgery. After cataract surgery, one should be able to return to work and normal life after a few days.